A MOTION has been agreed to in the Senate today condemning the anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference and calling on MPs to boycott the event.
The motion was moved by Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters and was agreed to on voices with minimal dissent.
“The World Congress of Families is responsible for spreading homophobic and sexist prejudices around the world, including in Russia, the United States, and countries in Eastern Europe and Africa,” it read.
The motion also reaffirms equality, tolerance and non-discrimination as “fundamental Australian values”, and reaffirms the “value and dignity of all persons regardless of their gender, sexuality or family status”.
Waters drew particular attention to the participation of Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews, who will open and close the conference in Melbourne on Saturday.
Other state and federal MPs are also expected to attend.
Conference organisers remain tight-lipped on the location of the event after a number of venues have cancelled in response to community outrage over the organisation’s conservative views.